Ace of Base: What's On My Face (Winter edition)

Mornings are hard, and I've still yet to get into a good routine that gets me out the door in a reasonable amount of time. Adjusting to office life is hard, guys! Thank the makeup gods for flexi-hours.

One thing that's been getting me going is turning on some music, thanks to the free Music-Streaming-Service-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named. This week I've been on a 90s kick, hence the post title. As I write, Killing Me Softly just came on. Before that, Bittersweet Symphony, and my inner 90s child rejoiced at TLC's Waterfalls while I was in the shower this morning. 

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I've also been adjusting to the dry weather here. I'm normally pretty oily, but now I need to layer on a moisturising toner (L'Oreal Paris Age Perfect Refreshing Toner) and a slightly thicker moisturiser (Olay Total Effects Pore Minimizer CC Cream). The upside of this is that I don't start looking shiny until maybe six hours into wearing makeup -- this is an unfamiliar experience for me.

The Olay CC Cream helps cover up redness and even out my skintone somewhat, so I'll often just use this topped off with some powder. Other days, when I have a bit more time, I'll put on MAC Studio Fix in NC30 with a Real Techniques Expert Face Brush and blend with a damp Beauty Blender. This doesn't give me "mannequin" skin by any means -- you can still see a lot of my issues like uneven texture and pigmentation -- but I've always gone for light-to-medium coverage foundations that look fairly natural, so this works for me.

The products. Sorry about the weird light cast -- natural light is in short supply here, and I've adjusted the light temperature to the best of my ability!

The products. Sorry about the weird light cast -- natural light is in short supply here, and I've adjusted the light temperature to the best of my ability!

I've stuck to the same two concealers since I got them last year -- Rimmel Wake Me Up in what I believe is Classic Beige (there's no shade name on the tube) for under the eyes, and Estee Lauder Double Wear in Warm Light Medium for anywhere. I've been particularly liking the Beauty Blender for applying these. 

Powder-wise, it's MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Dark. This is a little too dark for me at the moment, but I apply it with the Real Techniques Duo-Fiber Face Brush, which is quite feathery and sparse so it doesn't ever cake things on. I've also been really liking the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light for a bit of subtle highlighting.  

The swatches: Olay Pore Minimizer CC Cream in Light to Medium // MAC Studio Fix in NC30 // Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in Classic Beige // Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer in Warm Light Medium // MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Dark // Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light.

The swatches: Olay Pore Minimizer CC Cream in Light to Medium // MAC Studio Fix in NC30 // Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in Classic Beige // Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer in Warm Light Medium // MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Dark // Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light.

Tell me: how do you deal with the changing seasons, whether it's turning cooler or warmer? What's on your face at the moment?